Annals of Surgical Oncology

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 1018–1023 | Cite as

The Additional Value of Lymphatic Mapping with Routine SPECT/CT in Unselected Patients with Clinically Localized Melanoma

  • Hidde J. VeenstraEmail author
  • Lenka Vermeeren
  • Renato A. Valdés Olmos
  • Omgo E. Nieweg



To investigate whether single photon emission computed tomography camera with integrated radiographic computed tomography (SPECT/CT) is of additional value compared to conventional lymphoscintigraphy in routine lymphatic mapping in patients with melanoma.


Thirty-five unselected patients with a primary melanoma who were scheduled for wide local excision and sentinel node biopsy underwent conventional lymphoscintigraphy and subsequently SPECT/CT. We determined whether SPECT/CT showed additional sentinel nodes, whether it provided better information on the location of the sentinel nodes, and whether this additional anatomic information led to a change in the planned surgical approach.


SPECT/CT depicted the same 69 sentinel nodes as conventional lymphoscintigraphy in all 35 patients plus found eight additional sentinel nodes in seven patients (20%). In two of these patients (5.7%), an additional nodal basin had to be explored to find the extra sentinel nodes. SPECT/CT provided additional anatomic information that was helpful to the surgeon in 11 patients (31%) and led to an adjustment of the surgical approach in 10 patients (29%).


SPECT/CT provided relevant additional information in 16 (46%) of the 35 patients. Routine use of SPECT/CT in addition to conventional lymphoscintigraphy is recommended in melanoma patients undergoing lymphatic mapping.


Melanoma Sentinel Node Sentinel Node Biopsy Melanoma Patient Primary Melanoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hidde J. Veenstra
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lenka Vermeeren
    • 2
  • Renato A. Valdés Olmos
    • 3
  • Omgo E. Nieweg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryThe Netherlands Cancer Institute, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek HospitalAmsterdamthe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Ear, Nose and Throat DiseaseAcademic Medical CentreAmsterdamthe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Nuclear MedicineThe Netherlands Cancer Institute, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek HospitalAmsterdamthe Netherlands

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